Faculty and Administrators: It’s time to order regalia for commencement

LLCC’s Commencement Ceremony this year is on Friday, May 18. In order to make sure we have the correct regalia for you, we ask that you submit any changes from the previous year to LLCC Campus Services regarding your faculty/administrator regalia for this year’s commencement ceremony by contacting Kim Lesko at 786-2456 or kimberly.lesko@llcc.edu. The deadline for changes or additions to the regalia order is Friday, Feb. 23.

Changes include completion of a different degree or something as simple as your regalia didn’t fit correctly last year. If you do not submit any changes, we will order the same regalia that you had in last year’s ceremony.

New faculty members or administrators who need graduation regalia for the commencement ceremony should contact Kim Lesko in order to have your regalia ordered.

Welcome new faculty!

These new faculty were introduced at the Board of Trustees meeting last evening.

Till AnaAna Till is an LLCC graduate and has her M.S.N. in nursing education from SIU-E. She has a clinical background in medical/surgical nursing and has been working in Memorial Medical Center’s Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit since 2012. She has taught as an adjunct and nursing tutor with ADN students.

Amanda Roche 
is an LLCC graduate and has her M.S.N. in Roche Amandanursing education from Benedictine University in Lisle, and is currently working on her doctorate in nursing practice from American Sentinel University, also in education. She has an extensive clinical background in medical/surgical nursing and has been working in the Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Medical Center since 2009. Amanda has taught as an adjunct with ADN and CNA students at LLCC and has also taught LPN students. Amanda will be teaching in the critical care course in the ADN program.

Davidson SandySandy Davidson is an LLCC graduate and has her M.S.N. in leadership and nursing administration from Benedictine University in Lisle. She has an extensive clinical background in medical/surgical nursing and has been working as an administrative supervisor at Memorial Medical Center since 2011 where her duties included attending to rapid response calls, codes and traumas with the ICU charge nurse. She has taught as an adjunct with ADN students in different semesters of the program.

Troxell CasandraCasandra Troxell is the new faculty member for the Surgical Technology AAS program. Casandra is a graduate of the very first class here at LLCC and she obviously impressed us as a student and has continued to impress us as a graduate. Casandra has her AAS and is a nationally Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).  She belongs to the Association of Surgical Technologists. She works as a CST at Memorial Medical Center where she has vast and varied surgical experiences including robotics that she will bring to the classroom.

Christie Hovey authors eBook

Christie Hovey, professor of computer applications, is the co-author of the recently published eBook, “Building a Foundation with Microsoft Office 2016.” Christie noted that what is unique about this book is that it has a “digital first” approach … a “fully interactive eBook that delivers embedded video, bite-sized content, integrated, built-in assessment and more.”

Here are the specifics:
Fehl, A., Jahn Hovey, C., Linford, B, Murphy, J., and Scott, A. (2017). Building a Foundation with Microsoft ® Office 2016. Berkley, CA: Labyrinth Learning


Faculty Development & Recognition Grant Report by recipient Michelle Coakes

This summer, with the assistance of a Faculty Development & Recognition Grant, I traveled to Deer Isle, Maine, to attend a two-week workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. I have been to Haystack before, working with a variety of potters from around the country. As in the past, this workshop was both informational and inspirational.  Read More about Michelle’s experience in her full travel report!

Congratulations to these Pearson Master Teacher nominees!

Twenty eligible nominations were received for the 2014 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher Award.  Congratulations to:

  • Colette D’Cruz-Endeley, Professor, Economics
  • Jason Dockter, Associate Professor, English
  • Suellen Funk, Professor, Nursing
  • Peggy Goetsch, Professor, Biology
  • Bill Harmon, Professor, Agronomy
  • John Mark Henry, Professor Mathematics
  • John Paul Henry, Professor, Mathematics
  • Beth Hoffmann, Professor, Speech
  • Paul Hudson, Professor, Business
  • Tim Humphrey, Professor, Education
  • Theresa Kanoza, Professor, English
  • Katie McAfee, Associate Professor, Accounting
  • Janet Moulton, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Jim Pierce, Professor, Engineering
  • Samantha Reif, Assistant Professor, Geosciences
  • David Reynolds, Professor, Sociology
  • David Sack, Professor, Mathematics
  • John Vinzant, Professor, Political Science
  • Tara Walk, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Beth Wiediger, Professor, Psychology

The Pearsons, longtime Springfield physicians, made the award possible through a generous contribution to the LLCC Foundation.  The award annually recognizes an exceptional full-time, faculty member for his or her professional contributions to LLCC.  The 2014 award recipient will be announced at the annual faculty and staff recognition ceremony later this spring.


Career Development Services offers classroom visits

In the Career Development Services Office we are passionate about helping students choose and prepare for a career path.  We are always looking for ways to connect students to all the services we provide! As you are developing your syllabi and preparing your classes for the spring semester, please keep in mind that we are available to come and speak to your class.  Topics include: career exploration, interest inventories, resume writing, interviewing, job shadowing and internships.  We can even arrange for your students to do the Career Cruising matchmaker during our visit and each student will receive a list of 40 possible careers based on their interests. We visit many classes each semester and would love to add yours to our list! Just e-mail MaryBethRay@llcc.edu to schedule a visit!

NISOD Excellence Award nominations being accepted

The college has begun the process of accepting nominations of faculty members for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.  This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching and leadership at Lincoln Land Community College.  The awards are presented at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Learning Excellence in Austin, Texas in May.  Past NISOD Excellence Award recipients from LLCC include:  Dave Cox, Jason Dockter, Marlene Emmons, Eve Fischberg, Peggy Goetsch, Angie Gum, Tim Humphrey, Jean Ladendorf, Dr. Christopher McDonald, Hugh McNiece, Dr. Richard Monke, Jennifer Ramm, Ryan Roberts, Tony Rothering, David Sack, Dr. Gerald Schaeffer, and David Sykes.

Students, staff and faculty may submit nominations, so please consider nominating a faculty member whom you feel exhibits excellence in teaching and leadership and any other qualities that set him or her apart.  The nomination does not have to be lengthy; however, it should contain an explanation of why you are nominating the faculty member, including examples of excellence in teaching and leadership.  Nominations should be sent to Leslie Rios, chair of the Faculty Development and Recognition Committee of the Faculty Senate, either via email (Leslie.Rios@llcc.edu) or paper.  The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

For additional information about NISOD and the Excellence Award, go to: http://www.nisod.org/exc_awards/index.html

LLCC Board of Trustees welcomes new faculty

The Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees welcomed new LLCC faculty Tameka Johnson-Tillman, Mike Meyers, Colin Suchland, Anthony Tate and Brian Earley at its August meeting Wednesday evening. READ MORE.

Also at the meeting, Drs. Chris McDonald and Tricia Kujawa, co-chairs of LLCC’s  Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Steering Committee, briefed the board on the process and timeline for reaffirmation of accreditation of the college. A team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association will visit the campus for a Quality Checkup November 6-8, with action on re-accreditation expected in May 2014. LLCC has been accredited by the Commission since 1973.